Dior Sugar Shade (257) High Fidelity Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

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Dior Sugar Shade (257) High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Sugar Shade (257) High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Sugar Shade (257) High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Sugar Shade (257) High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Sugar Shade (257) High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Sugar Shade (257) High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Sugar Shade (257) High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Sugar Shade (257) High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Sugar Shade (257) High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Sugar Shade (257) High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Sugar Shade (257) High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Sugar Shade (257) High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Sugar Shade (257) High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Sugar Shade (257) High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Sugar Shade (257) High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Sugar Shade (257) High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Sugar Shade (257) High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette
Dior Sugar Shade (257) High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette

Sugar Shade (257)

Dior Sugar Shade (257) High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow Palette ($63.00 for 0.24 oz.) is a new, limited edition palette for spring, which features a pop of blue, two pinks, golden beige, and a plummy brown. All five shades had some shimmer in them, though some were more shimmery than others. The blue ends up working primarily as a “pop” of color, most easily incorporated as an inner corner or lower lash line shade as it didn’t flow as well with the other shades. The two pinks had a tendency to lose some of their nuance when applied together. I find Dior tends to put together interesting color schemes, but I didn’t feel like this coordinated as well as others have in the past.

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Dior Sugar Shade #1 High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow
Dior Sugar Shade #1 High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow
Dior Sugar Shade #1 High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow
Dior Sugar Shade #1 High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow
Dior Sugar Shade #1 High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow
Dior Sugar Shade #1 High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow

Sugar Shade #1

Sugar Shade #1 is a light, sky blue with subtle, cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had a soft, lightly dusty consistency–a little drier to the touch–that yielded semi-opaque pigmentation. The eyeshadow applied better over an eyeshadow primer or with a dampened brush, which helped to minimize the dustiness. It lasted for seven hours on me before fading noticeably.

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Dior Sugar Shade #2 High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow
Dior Sugar Shade #2 High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow
Dior Sugar Shade #2 High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow
Dior Sugar Shade #2 High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow
Dior Sugar Shade #2 High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow
Dior Sugar Shade #2 High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow

Sugar Shade #2

Sugar Shade #2 is a pale beige with subtle, warm yellow undertones and a metallic sheen. It had nearly opaque color payoff that adhered well to bare skin with a smooth, even application that blended out easily along the edges. The texture was firmer, denser, but not stiff (more like that baked, gel-powder hybrid texture) and “melted” a bit when applied to skin. It wore well for eight hours on me before fading a bit.

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Dior Sugar Shade #3 High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow
Dior Sugar Shade #3 High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow
Dior Sugar Shade #3 High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow
Dior Sugar Shade #3 High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow
Dior Sugar Shade #3 High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow
Dior Sugar Shade #3 High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow

Sugar Shade #3

Sugar Shade #3 is a light-medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth consistency that was firmer but not stiff or difficult to blend out. The eyeshadow stayed on well for seven and a half hours until it started to fade.

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Dior Sugar Shade #4 High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow
Dior Sugar Shade #4 High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow
Dior Sugar Shade #4 High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow
Dior Sugar Shade #4 High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow
Dior Sugar Shade #4 High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow
Dior Sugar Shade #4 High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow
Dior Sugar Shade #4 High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow
Dior Sugar Shade #4 High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow
Dior Sugar Shade #4 High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow

Sugar Shade #4

Sugar Shade #4 is a medium pink with warm undertones and a golden shimmer. It had medium pigmentation, which was buildable to semi-opaque coverage with two layers or nearly opaque coverage if applied with a dampened brush. The texture was soft, slightly drier/dusty compared to other shades, though it had a similar firmness (but not in the sense that it was difficult to apply or blend out). There was visible fading after seven and a half hours of wear.

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Dior Sugar Shade #5 High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow
Dior Sugar Shade #5 High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow
Dior Sugar Shade #5 High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow
Dior Sugar Shade #5 High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow
Dior Sugar Shade #5 High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow
Dior Sugar Shade #5 High Fidelity Colours & Effects Eyeshadow

Sugar Shade #5

Sugar Shade #5 is a medium-dark brown with soft, gold and plum pearl. It had opaque color payoff applied in a single layer, which went on evenly and smoothly on my lid. The consistency was denser, firm but not thick or too stiff in the pan that it became difficult to work with. The eyeshadow blended out easily along the edges and stayed on well for eight hours on my eye.

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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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A superb, precise review of this somewhat-funky palette! I bought it last week; like you, I am intrigued by Dior’s compilation of hues (and almost always in love with the company’s textures and coverage). I was charmed by this, to be sure, but I was not “wowed!”

As I have stated several times on the blog, I get along with Dior shadows pretty well and I don’t mind if they are not super pigmented. I usually pick up a quint from each release and I think this will be a release that I skip. I am going strong on my no/low buy and don’t feel like there is anything here to cause me to break it. I also don’t love that shade of blue, regardless of whether it worked with the other shades in the quint. Just not a fan of that shade so easy skip for me.

I think I’d like these colours in some pillows to make my family room look more “spring-like” or in bedding or in a bouquet of flowers but these really are not shades I’d wear on my eyes with the possible exception of #2. Even if this were a $10 palette from WnW or similar, I’d pass on it.

This is a beautiful little set. I like the colors. It’s too bad they didn’t all perform as well together as they could have.

So I see 3 fairly nice looking shades here. #2, 4,and 5. But, that’s not enough for me to even consider getting this.
Back at the very start of the 2000’s, I actually had a Revlon quad with a similar color combo, lol! Pretty dated looking shades, I suppose.

This is so pretty!
The blue does seem odd, as you point out, but maybe I’m more drawn to the Easter/spring-like hues, than to the actual usefulness of the palette as a whole.

This palette reminds me of the frosty pastel eyeshadows of the early 1970s, when I was just starting to show interest in makeup, though frosty pastels never held any interest for me.

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